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Minor League Report: July 1st - July 7th

on 07/13/2002


Last spring, I wrote an article about Statistical Tools, and about the players who received them for last season. Now that we're a little more than half way through the minor league season, it's a good time to both check back on the players from last season, and see who is earning StaTools for this season. For those of you that don't know what I am talking about, here is the link to the full article from last March:

To provide a little refresher to those familiar with the project, here is an excerpt from the previous article:

"StaTools are a way of looking a player's stats to see if he is performing and a good level, and to suggest that he might perform well at a higher level of the system as well. Like the 5 basic tools (hitting for average, hitting for power, speed, defense, and defensive arm), both batters and pitchers will be able to earn up to 5 StaTools at any particular minor league level. The hitting tools are: hitting for average, hitting for extra bases, getting on base, the ability to steal bases and the ability to walk. The pitching tools are: good ERA, ability to allow few hits, ability to allow few walks, ability to allow few home runs and the ability to get strikeouts."

The formulas used, at the moment, are not very complicated. During the offseason, I will enlist the help of a more mathematically proficient person or two to help me expand and tighten the definitions, but for now, simple as they may be, I believe the definitions, and the system, still hold water.

To note, we'll just be looking at the minor league players this, as this is the minor league report.

Once again, we'll first look at the pitchers. There were no 5 StaTool pitchers from last season, so we'll jump right to the pitchers with 4 from last season:
Adolfo Cacimiro, SP, DSL (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed, strikeouts)
Enrique Lasose, SP, DSL (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Brian Mallette, CL, AA (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed, strikeouts)
Gabriel Mendoza, SP, DSL (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Florentino Rivera, SP, DSL (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Mike Shwam, MR/CL, A (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed, walks allowed)

So much for a good last season - none of these 6 pitchers with 4 StaTools has qualified for enough innings at one level. Cacimiro (a.k.a. Adolfo Pierre) and Mendoza are both pitching regularly in the Arizona League, although neither of them may accrue enough innings to qualify by the end of the season for any StaTools. Neither Lasose nor Rivera has pitched for the Dominican Summer League team, and both are presumed released. Shwam was promoted to the California League for this season, but an arm injury has limited him to 7 innings. Mallette has bounced between the International League and Milwaukee, though if he gets regular work in an Indianapolis, he will qualify for some StaTools. And, this far into the 2002 season, there are no new Brewers farmhand pitchers with 4 StaTools, though that may change as DSL and short-season players start becoming eligible. But, so far it looks like the cream of the pitching crop isn't quite what it was last season.

Pitchers with 3 StaTools from the 2001 season:
Jason Childers, MR, AA (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed)
Gus Gandarillas, SP/MR, AAA (ERA, home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Roberto Giron, MR/CL, A+ (home runs allowed, walks allowed, strikeouts)
Roberto Miniel, SP, A (home runs allowed, walks allowed, strikeouts)
Nick Neugebauer, SP, AA (hits allowed, home runs allowed, strikeouts)
Jay Tessmer, MR, AAA (ERA, home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Jose Valera, SP, DSL (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed)

Starting with the AAA guys, Tessmer signed with another team in the offseason, and Gandarillas has been hurt almost all season. Childers was promoted to AAA for this season, but has struggled a bit and hasn't earned any StaTools for this season, yet. We all know about Neugebauer's injury problems this season. Giron has been a highlight of the StaTool system this season - he was promoted to Huntsville to begin the season, and posted 3 StaTools there also (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed). He was promoted to Indianapolis at the midseason break, and hopefully he'll do well there, too. Miniel was traded to the Cubs. Valera appears to have been released by the DSL club. There are also 5 new 3 StaTool pitchers this season:
Jose Garcia, SP, AA (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed)
Jack Krawczyk, MR, AA (hits allowed, home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Ben Hendrickson, SP, A+ (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed)
Tony Stavros, MR/CL, A (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed)
Matt Yeatman, SP, A (ERA, hits allowed, home runs allowed)

Pitchers with 2 StaTools from the 2001 season:
Jesus Chirinos, SP, R (home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Victor Cordero, MR/CL, A (hits allowed, strikeouts)
Jack Krawczyk, MR, AA (hits allowed, walks allowed)
Derek Lee, SP, AA (home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Aaron Myers, MR/SP, AA (hits allowed, home runs allowed)
Gerry Oakes, SP, R (ERA, home runs allowed)

Krawczyk increased his StaTools from 2 to 3 this season, as mentioned above. Lee has fallen to 1 StaTool this season, as he has allowed a few more walks. He is still in Huntsville. Myers was a free agent and signed elsewhere. Cordero has been injured and has only thrown 17 innings so far this season, split between High Desert and Arizona. Chirinos has not yet appeared in a game for the Arizona team, presumably because of injury. And, ironically, Oakes was the only qualifying member of the Beloit team this season to not receive a StaTool, though he did skip a level of rookie ball. There are 6 new 2 StaTool pitchers this season:
Derrin Ebert, MR, AAA (ERA, hits allowed)
Tim Harikkala, SP, AAA (home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Jimmy Osting, SP, AAA (home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Everett Stull, SP, AAA (home runs allowed, walks allowed)
Luis Martinez, SP, AA (home runs allowed, strikeouts)
Chris Saenz, MR/CL, A (hits allowed, strikeouts)

For the sake of time, we'll skip over the 1 StaTool players from last season (and get to them at the end of the season), and list off the 1 StaTool pitchers from this season:
Andrew Lorraine, SP, AAA (walks allowed)
Rob Marquez, MR, AAA (walks allowed)
Derek Lee, SP, AA (home runs allowed)
Paul Stewart, SP, AA (walks allowed)
Doug Dent, SP, A+ (home runs allowed)
Ryan LaMattina, MR, A+ (home runs allowed)
Pete Smart, SP, A+ (walks allowed)
Dan Hall, MR, A (home runs allowed)
Mike Jones, SP, A (home runs allowed)
Dan Kolb, SP, A (home runs allowed)
Dave Nolasco, MR, A (home runs allowed)
Jon Steitz, SP, A (home runs allowed)

Well, there wasn't a whole lot of success with the pitchers, but at the same time, no one really jumped from no StaTools to have a big season, either. We'll see how everything pans out when it's all said and done.

Now, on to the hitters with 4 StaTools from the 2001 season (again, no one had 5):
Lance Burkhart, C, A+ (average, power, walks, on-base)
Ryan Knox, OF, A+ (average, walks, on-base, speed)
Mario Mendez, OF, DSL (average, walks, on-base, speed)
Jim Rushford, OF/1B, A+ (average, power, walks, on-base)
Ralph Santana, 2B, R+ (average, walks, on-base, speed)

Burkhart has split the season between Indianapolis and Huntsville, and has yet to qualify for enough at-bats in either league, though it looks like he will in AA by the end of the season, with some StaTools in hand. Knox started off strong in High Desert, and was quickly promoted to Huntsville, but he got hurt, and also does not have enough AB to qualify for any StaTools. Rushford almost has enough time spent in AA last season to qualify for StaTools there, too, so it's not surprising that he has qualified for 2 StaTools (average, on-base) so far this season in Indianapolis, and is close to another two. He has definitely proven himself ready for Milwaukee. Santana has recorded 1 StaTool this season in Beloit (speed), though he has struggled at the plate. It's not out of the question that he could add two more StaTools by the end of the season with a strong finish, though. Mendez doesn't have enough at-bats to qualify yet in Ogden, but so far he is on his way to a second 4 StaTool performance. Like the pitches, the offense's peak hasn't appeared to be quite as high this season in the organization, with no new 4 StaTool players currently.

Hitters with 3 StaTools from the 2001 season:
Kevin Barker, 1B, AA (average, walks, on-base)
Bobby Darula, OF, A+ (average, walks, on-base)
Jeff Deardorff, OF/1B, A+ (average, power, on-base)
Josh Klimek, 3B/OF, AA (power, walks, on-base)
Manuel Melo, OF, DSL (walks, on-base, speed)
Carlos Soriano, OF, R+ (average, on-base, speed)

Barker, Darula and Klimek have all moved on to other organizations. Deardorff held the distinction last season of being the only player in the system to receive StaTools at two levels (he received 1 StaTool in AA, for power). He again has 1 StaTool in AA this season, but he has made a few breakthroughs offensively and is on the cusp of once again being a 3 StaTool player, this time in AA. Soriano started the season again in Ogden, but has been sent down to Arizona. Melo still needs a lot of AB to qualify, but if he does, he is on pace to have at least 3, and maybe 4, StaTools. There are 3 new 3 StaTool performers this season:
Izzy Alcantara, OF, AAA (power, walks, on-base)
Steve Scarborough, SS, AA (average, walks, on-base)
Pete Zoccolillo, OF, A+ (average, walks, on-base)

Finally, hitters with 2 StaTools from the 2001 season:
Franklin Arias, OF, DSL (walks, on-base)
Yeison Franco, 2B, DSL (walks, speed)
Micah Franklin, OF/3B, AAA (power, walks)
Andri Gomez, 3B, DSL (on-base, speed)
Billy Hall, SS, A+ (average, power)
Corey Hart, 1B, R+ (average, on-base)
Francisco Plasencia, OF, R (walks, on-base)
Alex Sanchez, OF, AAA (average, speed)
Marcos Scutaro, 2B, AAA (walks, on-base)
Mark Sweeney, OF, AAA (walks, on-base)

Scutaro, Sweeney and Franklin all are playing elsewhere this season. Sanchez has been the Brewers' everyday center fielder since May, and currently has 3 StaTools in Milwaukee (speed, average, on-base). Hall made the jump all the way to AAA this season, and has struggled at the plate. Hart also skipped a level, going to the Cal League, and has 2 StaTools (power, on-base), and is close to another 2. Plasencia started the season off in Ogden, but has since been demoted to Arizona again, so it is iffy if he will have enough at-bats to qualify. Gomez has been promoted to Arizona, and will eventually get enough AB to qualify. Arias and Franco are both still in the DSL. There are seven 2 StaTool hitters so far in the 2002 season:
Jim Rushford, OF, AAA (average, on-base)
Jon Zuber, 1B, AAA (walks, on-base)
Jackson Melian, OF, AA (walks, on-base)
Corey Hart, 3B, A+ (power, on-base)
Dave Krynzel, OF, A+ (walks, on-base)
Brandon Gemoll, OF, A (walks, on-base)
Brad Nelson, 1B, A (average, power)

It appears that the hitting is also performing generally more poorly than it did last season, at least in the upper echelons. As the short season league players start qualifying with more at-bats, the StaTool lists will fill out more, and hopefully some of the guys in full season ball that are slacking off a bit can recover for a strong end to the season.

Offensive Player Of The Week:
Yet another first for the player of the week awards: the very first 2002 draft pick to make the list. While Ogden pitching largely faltered last week, the hitting kept the team in games, keyed by the bat of 2002 4th rounder Nic Carter. Nic had gone through a pretty bad slump to start off the season. Though he was hitting the ball hard, he was batting around .200 for the first couple weeks of the Pioneer League season. This past week, though, things started to click for Nic. In 24 AB, Nic pounded out 12 hits, including two doubles and a home run. He also scored 6 times, drove in 5 runs, walked 4 times and stole 2 bases. Totaled up, he hit .500/.571/.708. Not too shabby. Nic was drafted about a month ago out of Campbell University. He stands 6'3, 190, bats switch, throws right, and can play all three outfield positions well.
Last Week: Izzy Alcantara, OF, Indianapolis
June 24th: Mario Mendez, OF, Ogden
June 17th: Ralph Santana, 2B, Beloit
June 10th: D.J. Clark, 3B, High Desert
June 3rd: Steve Scarborough, SS, Huntsville
May 27th: Corey Hart, 1B, High Desert
May 20th: Brad Nelson, 1B, Beloit:
May 13th: DJ Clark, 3B, High Desert
May 6th: Pete Zoccolillo, OF, High Desert
April 29th: Corey Hart, 1B, High Desert
April 22nd: Ryan Thompson, OF, Indianapolis
April 15th: Ryan Knox, OF, High Desert

Pitcher Of The Week:
Reminiscent of the run that High Desert has put on for offensive players of the week in the past, Indianapolis is putting on quite a show in the pitching columns, as they get their third pitcher of the week in a row. This time, it's first time winner Tim Harikkala. Tim has had a very solid season for Indy, and made his numbers even better this past week. He started 2 games, pitched 14 innings, and gave up only one run. He allowed 13 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6. While he didn't get a decision in either game he started, he certainly pitched well enough for the Indians to win either game.
Last Week: Jose Garcia, SP, Indianapolis
June 24th: Jimmy Osting, SP, Indianapolis
June 17th: Dave Pember, SP, Huntsville
June 10th: Luis Martinez. RP, Huntsville
June 3rd: Ben Hendrickson, SP, High Desert
May 27th: Jimmy Osting, SP, Indianapolis
May 20th: Derek Lee, SP, Huntsville
May 13th: Ryan Miller, SP, High Desert
May 6th: Doug Dent, SP, High Desert
April 29th: Justin Gordon, SP, High Desert
April 22nd: Brian Nielsen, SP, Beloit
April 15th: Andrew Lorraine, SP, Indianapolis


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